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Magicpedia:Selected anniversaries/October 31

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  • 1861 - Professor Herwinn, inventor of the Thumb Tip, was born William Humpage in Birmingham.
  • 1901 - Russell Swann, a successfull comedy magician, was born William Russell Swann in Washington D. C., the first of 10 brothers.
  • 1926 - Harry Houdini dies of peritonitis secondary to a ruptured appendix.
  • 1936 - Lou Lancaster, who worked with Mark Wilson, is born.
  • 1958 - National Magic Day. Phil Graham (Mr. Fantastic, The Psychadelic Prestidigitator) of S.A.M. Assembly 22 was appointed chairman for this year's activities by S.A.M. Pres. Hugh Riley.